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Making the decision of where you will go to workout is a very important step in reaching your goals of fitness. A lot of factors will go into this decision and each one should be evaluated well before you being training.
Once you have made a decision on where you will go to exercise, you can move on to deciding how you plan to exercise or train.
When I first started training consistently I did this 100% at home. I really didn’t know where to start so as I’m watching TV over breakfast I saw the advertisement for P90X. What stood out to me was it wasn’t boasting a shortcut to getting fit. It was about an hour commitment each day for 6 days out of the week. So I bought it and I wasn’t disappointed. I dropped from 205lbs to 178lbs. My point in telling you this story is to make the point you can have success working out at home. It does take some investment in equipment and if you stay consistent it will be cheaper than a gym membership.
To this day I use both methods; gym and home training.
1. Upfront Costs
With a gym membership you’ll have a lower out of pocket cost day one compared to buying the home equipment. You can get gym membership generally around $20 – $25 per month which makes it affordable. If you can find a gym on your route to work you can save your self a bit more in terms of gas. I know people who are motivated to go to the gym because if they don’t they feel like they are throwing money away. Also some gyms allow you to “pause” your membership if you’re traveling or don’t plan on going for a period of time. Certain gyms also provide discounts if you check-in so many times per month; for instance if the gym cost is $70 per month and if you go 15 times it’s only $35…not a bad deal if you go 15 times a month. Another thing to check out is you insurance plan, certain plans offer a membership so you can pick a gym in their network. I’ve done this for years and am still doing it. Also look for amenities, I went to a gym about 1 mile from my office and they provided towels, shampoo, body wash, and mouthwash in the basic membership plan.
If you find it motivating to be around others training then a gym might be the best option. Some find this motivating and others find it intimidating especially if this is your first time in a gym, I know I did. Once you get past the uncomfortable feeling you’ll find most gym-goers are quite friendly, for the most part. You might also find motivation in the fact you have all this equipment at your disposal and you’re not going to get bored and stop going. Remember consistency is the key to any fitness program. Also most gym memberships come with free classes, so take advantage of these so you keep things fresh.
If you opt for a gym membership you’ll have access to large variation of equipment and free weights. This allows you to progress, such as adding weight or move from one exercise to another easily, unless the gym is full. If you are looking for more than just weights and cardio then a gym might fit your needs. With classes, pools, and other amenities some gyms to provide a bunch of activities to keep yo motivation, so shop around.
Training at home does certainly have the edge as far as convenience. You can train any time you have 30 minutes or so. You might want to come home and eat dinner with the family then workout later without leaving your home. In addition, you don’t have to wait for a machine, bench, cardio machine, or free weight to be available.
If you are first beginning to workout you might feel more comfortable in your home without having to worry about people watching. A gym can be a bit intimidating at first, but you’ll get used to it and probably make a few new friends.
3. Home Workout System
If you choose to use a home workout system, such as P90X or an equivalent it easier at first when you can watch and go along with the videos. After a while you could transition to a gym and continue to follow the home workout system when you can used to the routine. If you are beginning to workout I think a home workout system is a good way to start. It’s cheaper than using a personal although a personal trainer can be quite valuable as well.
Keep in mind that working out at home does require a bit of financial obligation. This statement applies to any type of equipment that you may purchase to use at home. If you go out and buy cheap equipment, you’ll probably end up getting hurt or getting frustrated because you aren’t making any progress.
All in all, making the choice of exercising at home or at the gym is a choice you should make based on your goals and personal preference. The most important decision you’ll need to make is to determine what type of environment you want to be in and how you want to accomplish the fitness goals in your life. Once you have given it some thought and weighed out the pros and cons, you’ll have no problem making the choice. Always keep in mind that once you’ve made your choice, you can always switch if you aren’t happy with the choice you made. Even if you join a gym you find yourself waking out at home on occasion. Remember you can get a great workout at home without any equipment.
I currently have a gym membership and also some home equipment I purchased over the years nd also got some from fiends. At home I have a weight bench, 300lbs Olympic weight set with bar, standard set of weights, standard dumbbells, ez-curl bar, and resistance bands.
Do you need all of this, NO. Determine your needs and go from their.